When Barry Ringler of Walpole was introduced publicly as Foxboro’s newest building commissioner, he pledged to restore leadership and stability to a department troubled by recurring turnover at the top.
“We’re going to have some fun,” he told selectmen shortly after being hired last December. “And there’s no question we’re going to get it right.”
Instead, less than a year later, Ringler is out -- having formally resigned effective Nov. 3 -- and local officials once again are soliciting applications for the building and inspections post.
Although Ringler’s abrupt departure revives what has been a revolving-door scenario atop the inspection department, his is just one of several hiring challenges currently facing the town.
In addition to the pending retirement of longtime Tree & Park Supervisor David LaLiberte, Boyden Library director Manuel “Manny” Leite recently informed local officials he has accepted a job offer as director of the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, Tenn.
Leite, who has overseen operations at Boyden for the past six years, is scheduled to begin his new duties in late January.
All three vacancies have been posted on the town’s website, with hourly rates for building commissioner ranging from $46.40 to $56.75, for library director ranging from $49.63 to $59.32, and for tree & park supervisor from $37.70 to $45.96.
Beyond the challenges associated with conducting simultaneous job searches for three key municipal positions, efforts to fill the building post have proven especially vexing since the December 2017 retirement of longtime building commissioner William Casbarra.
Initially, Casbarra was replaced by Nick Riccio, a respected municipal official who held the same position in Wrentham and had previously held a variety of administrative posts in both North Attleboro and Mansfield.
But when Riccio stepped down unexpectedly two years later, Foxboro struggled to hire a suitable replacement, with Casbarra eventually lured back from retirement on a provisional basis.
That temporary arrangement ended with the mid-2020 hiring of Mark Dupell of Chelmsford, who had served in similar capacities in Chelmsford, Lowell and Tyngsborough.
Dupell lasted just four months before calling it quits, saying the daily commute was too taxing to continue over the long term, even though prior to being hired he assured town officials that travel time would not be an issue.
Ringler, who was hired five months later, has been replaced on an interim basis by Paul DeBaggis, himself a veteran building inspector and former elected official in Franklin, who stepped into his new duties last Thursday.
Both the building commissioner and tree & park positions are included as part of a supervisory bargaining unit represented by the United Steelworkers AFL-CIO.